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Old 03-17-2008, 10:34 AM
 
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Are both cities downtown areas pretty much equal in terms of:

1)Liveability - Downtown is Safe, friendly, proximity to beaches perhaps

2)Walkability - being able to walk to big supermarkets, libraries, restaurants, lots of shops, coffeehouses to hang out. Not needing a car.

3)Population type - which downtown has more older vs younger folks? Are both pretty equal?


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Old 03-17-2008, 11:21 AM
 
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Are both cities downtown areas pretty much equal in terms of:

1)Liveability - Downtown is Safe, friendly, proximity to beaches perhaps

2)Walkability - being able to walk to big supermarkets, libraries, restaurants, lots of shops, coffeehouses to hang out. Not needing a car.

3)Population type - which downtown has more older vs younger folks? Are both pretty equal?


Thanks so much in advance
IN Sarasota:

Liveability downtown SRQ, safe, close to beaches, friendly!
Walkability - you can walk to whole foods, but you'd probably want to take a bus to Publix...library: yes, all the restaurants & shops you can handle, no need for a car.

Population: we have both a big younger crowd as well as an older crowd ....AND, the older people that live downtown, are probably just older versions of those of us who are young & currently live "downtown"......they like that lifestyle...Lido Beach is 2.5 miles from downtown Main Street, Siesta about a 15-20 min drive to the north end, Southgate Mall is about 10 min. away, Two Publixes to choose from in the immediate vicinity....I could go on....
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:39 AM
 
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Thank you for that great information.

How does downtown Sarasota differ from downtown St Petersburg?
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:31 PM
 
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Thank you for that great information.

How does downtown Sarasota differ from downtown St Petersburg?
I've only been to downtown ST. Pete a few times, around Janus Landing (a music/bar venue) and over to the Dali Museum...it's a bit more spread out if I remember correctly, where dowtown SRQ is pretty compact in that Main street is the "main street" with the other branches (streets all merging into main)...

I would say a difference is proximity to beaches, we have our beaches within 10 minutes all the way around & in St. Pete, you have to go west farther than we do to get to beaches & deal with either side streets or I-75, where Sarasota doesn't have that issue, coming from downtown.
Someone else might be able to give you a better perspective on St. Pete...they do have the Mahaffey Theatre there, similar to our Van Wezel, and a bayfront like we do....
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:24 PM
 
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Default trying to get a feel for difference

Are the number of people out walking to the grocery, shops, coffeehouses, gyms very different?

I am trying to get a feel for whether Sarasota or St Pete has a "more vibrant, active" downtown that doesn't "close up" at 5pm.

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Old 03-17-2008, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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It's hard to find a parking space in downtown Sarasota at anytime of the day. There are always a lot of people walking around downtown. I really like the variety of restaurants, there's Thai, Mediterranean, Greek, American, Italian, French, Seafood, Mexican, etc all with in a few blocks. Whole Foods is a great grocery store as well.

There is also two really cool movie theaters with in walking distance. One of them plays foreign films quite often.

I walk around at night with just my kids there often, so I would say it seems like a really safe area. Never heard of anything "bad" happening to anyone downtown.

I live in North Port but go there a dew times a month to eat, shop, etc. I don' t really know a whole lot about St Pete downtown so I can't really say how it compares.
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:35 PM
 
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I appreciate your excellent feedback about Sarasota.

Do a lot of people live downtown in Sarasota?

Are there lots of condos and houses for sale in the immediate area of the Whole Foods / restaurants, etc? Is the housing stock "newer" or from the mid century?
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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There a small little area downtown called Burns Court that has 1920's houses. They are pretty pricey though-$800,000 or so for under 1000 sq ft.

There are many condos around downtown. You could probably pick up something in Gulfstream Towers, Village Gardens, Sunridge, Whitaker Bayou, Barrington Woods, Hudson Harbor, Plaza Gardens, Summer Lakes, City Walk for $150,000-$200,000 or under (most of these were built in 1970's-1980's).

A few others you might want to look inro are Broadway Promenade, Renaissance, Alianri, Central Park, Residences at Hyde Park (1990's-2000's) Dolphin Towers (1970's), Frances Carlton (1920's). These would be more expensive $200,000-$350,000.

There are a ton of condos for sale downtown. Developers were in the middle of constructing several very large condos when the market took a turn. I would imagine there are some pretty anxious owners
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:18 AM
 
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Default Downtown

There are a couple of beautifully renovated 1920's condos downtown: the Francis Carlton( 700 Sq Ft, $300,000) and the Orange Blossom( 3900 sq ft, $2,000,000). There are several 1960's and 1970's style condos along the bayfront of downtown: Gulfstream Towers, Dolphin Towers, Embassy House, Essex House, Versailes, Regency House, Royal St. Andrew. These range from $250,000 to 1,400,000. The best option might be to check out the newly built (2005 and newer) downtown condos: 1350 Main, 100 Central, Cityscape, Kanaya, Burns Court Villas, Rivo, Marque en Ville, Plaza at Five Points, Encore and 3 that are in pre-construction: the Grand Sarasotan, City Place and Marque on the Bay. That is a lot of info... :-)

Downtown is very walkable and has a lot of amazing restaurants. The Florida Studio Theater, Golder Apple Theater, Players Theater, Sarasota Opera House, West Coast Symphony, Sarasota Ballet, Burns Court Cinema, Hollywood 20, Library, Whole Foods, Art Galleries, coffee shops, Yoga Studios, Island Park, etc are all within walking distance. The beach is about 2.5 miles west with easy parking or a bike ride to Lido Key and St Armands Circle. Also, the downtown merchants association closes part of main street for fun, outdoor community events throughout the year(ie Saturday Morning Farmers Market, New Years Eve Party, Arts Fair, Film Fest, Live Music, etc) Best Wishes!
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:53 AM
 
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I appreciate your excellent feedback about Sarasota.

Do a lot of people live downtown in Sarasota?

Are there lots of condos and houses for sale in the immediate area of the Whole Foods / restaurants, etc? Is the housing stock "newer" or from the mid century?

Downtown does not close at 5 p.m. in Sarasota...there is parking all over, most people that come to visit just don't know the ins/outs like downtowners do...

Tons of Condos for sale downtown actually in the Whole Foods area, too...as for houses for sale, they're all over downtown...but quite expensive...

I live near Burns Court & houses downtown are mostly from mid century....there is a lot of new construction as well starting re: houses as well...

There's a lot of walking going on downtown....
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